United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization composed of a diverse group of dynamic, extraordinarily talented military veterans and artists located across the United States.
Founded in 2004, USVAA seeks to open doors for military veterans to work and thrive in America’s creative economy by providing opportunities in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry. With a solid track record of programming excellence in place, USVAA works tirelessly with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans’ communities to find funding and support for individual and collaborative projects in photography, literature, theater, film, television, fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.
In addition to our work with veterans and artists, we strive first and foremost to highlight the talents of military veterans and the history of veterans who have made significant contributions to the arts and humanities since the Revolutionary War. To date we have compiled biographical information on the over 550 military veterans who have made noted contributions to the arts and humanities since the founding of the United States.
As spokespersons in the veteran’s community and in our endeavors as artists, we work diligently to highlight issues of concern to veterans and their families. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.
For more information about our work please visit our ABOUT PAGE.
USVAA Colleague of the Month, Christopher Sweeney (USMC)
USVAA is proud to announce a new program, the USVAA Colleague of the Month as a means of our continuing efforts to highlight the talent level of the military veterans we work with in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry. This month we’re featuring the work of actor and fine artist Christopher Sweeney (USMC).
Christopher Sweeney served in combat (Silver Star) and upon completing his service in the Marine Corps, attended the University of Washington. Receiving a B.A. in Political Science, Chris subsequently moved to Los Angeles to pursue his goals as an artist.
USVAA: What made you want to become both a fine artist and an actor?
CS: My passion for the arts has been a gradual process of introspection and self-discovery, trial and error, as well as the keen observation of the world around me. As for a description of me as an artist or actor, I’ve always believed that the delineations between various art forms are grey if not invisible. As for acting, I’m a bit of a storyteller, but initially, it was the need for the cathartic healing that the performer’s life provided. Once again, I’ll state that it has been a gradual process of becoming self-aware, coupled with a burning desire to reflect society back upon itself.
Please click HERE to continue reading this insightful interview.
Dan Lauria Joins Annette Bening in IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER at the Douglas
Lexikat Artists, in association with Chapman University, presents Annette Bening, Dan Lauria and Ken Jenkins (replacing the previously announced James Caan) along with a cast including Kate Mansi (2017 Daytime Emmy winner), in a one-night only performance of the play IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER, on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30pm at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA.
The play is a moving, dramatic reading of real wartime letters by soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen, as well as their family members at home.
If All the Sky Were Paper is a powerful, humorous and unforgettable play about one man’s search around the world for the “most extraordinary letters ever written,” and is based entirely on real life war letters-letters written by soldiers and their loved ones during wars from the American Revolutionary War to present emails from Afghanistan.
Please click HERE to read more at Broadway World.
USVAA FEATURED ON PBS’ LAART PROGRAM
From honoring contributions, to supporting artistic endeavors to advocating for the concerns of our veterans and their families the United States Veterans Artists Alliance takes a creative approach to working with those who have given so much.
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